Planning and Community Services

Planning & Community Services Department Hours of Operation
Effective August 3, 2012 the Rolling Hills Planning Department's hours are:
Monday             8:00 am – 12:00 pm Counter Hours    and    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Appointment Only
Tuesday             8:00 am – 12:00 pm Counter Hours     and    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Appointment Only
Wednesday        8:00 am – 12:00 pm Counter Hours     and    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Appointment Only
Thursday           8:00 am - 12:00 pm Counter Hours     and    12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Appointment Only
Friday                Counter is Closed

Tips for New Homeowners in Rolling Hills
Are you planning to develop property in Rolling Hills, remodel an existing structure, add-on to an existing structure or do construction of any type?  If so, there are a variety of zoning and building code requirements that must be met, guidelines applied to development applications and, City approval is required.  In advance of any construction, property owners are encouraged to call or visit City Hall to talk with the Planning Department to discuss your specific project.  
Planning and Development Application Materials and Professional Certifications, Schedule and Filing Deadlines
The following are application materials for review prior to meeting with the City to discuss a proposed construction project. that explain many of the City's zoning and building requirements, guidelines and processes. 

Planning Project Reports Archive
This link above helps you access archive Planning and Development records. All Planning records have been digitized and made readily available for easy access by the public. Access to architectural plans, if available, requires permission from the owner and plan preparer who signed the original document. In accordance with Section 19850 of the State of California’s Health and Safety Code, please submit the required authorization form to the Planning and Community Services Department to receive copies of plans.
Landscape Design Standards, Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Effective June, 2019:  The following are landscape plan requirements for residential projects for new or altered landscaping of 500 square feet or greater associated with projects subject to discretionary review or 2,500 square feet or greater associated with discretionary projects.

Hazard Mitigation Plan
The purpose of Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify the potential hazards associated with fire, geological activity, flooding, and any combinations thereof. The plan is required to be updated periodically and was last updated in 2019.

Housing Element Update - 2021-2029
The City of Rolling Hills began the process of updating its 2021-2029 Housing Element to cover the next eight-year planning period (known as the “6th Cycle”).  The City submitted a Draft Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on January 11, 2022.  On April 11, 2022, HCD provided the City with comments on necessary changes to bring the Housing Element into compliance with State law. The City revised the Housing Element to address HCD's comments and the revisions were considered by the Planning Commission and City Council on May 17, 2022 and May 23, 2022, respectively. The City Council directed staff to send the draft Housing Element to HCD for a second round of review. On July 21, 2022, the City received HCD's second set of comments which included a much smaller list of concerns. The Housing Element has been revised to address those concerns. In addition to the Housing Element, the City has been working on a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines to address potentially significant impacts generated by the Housing Element. The MND was released for public review from August 8, 2022 to September 7, 2022. On September 20, 2022, the Planning Commission considered the MND and revised Housing Element and recommended adoption of both documents to the City Council. On September 26, 2022, the City Council held a public hearing and considered the Planning Commission's recommendation (click here for the staff report). At the conclusion of the meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 1309 adopting the MND and 6th Cycle Housing Element. The Housing Element has been forwarded to HCD for certification.
Safety Element Update - 2022

The City of Rolling Hills began the process of updating the Safety Element in mid-2020 after being awarded funding from Cal-OES. The update will address a variety of natural and human-related hazards, and contains goals and policies aimed at reducing risks associated with these hazards. The Draft Safety Element was sent for review to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection who did not have any recommendations. In addition to the Safety Element, a Negative Declaration has been prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, which covers updates to the Housing Element and Safety Element. The Safety Element and Negative Declaration were adopted by the City Council on March 28, 2022.

Resolution No. 1314
Resolution No. 1291
Safety Element Update (amended to meet AB 2140)
Negative Declaration for the Safety Element
Notice of Intent to Adopt an Initial Study and Negative Declaration

General Plan
The City of Rolling Hills General Plan is, in effect, the constitution of the City and will serve as a blueprint for the long-range physical planning of the City.

Developer Technical Information and Best Management Practices for Construction Sites
The following is information pertaining to new development and redevelopment within the City of Rolling Hills and Low Impact Development (LID) requirements and compliance pursuant to the LA County Municipal NPDES Permit (MS4 Permit).

General Planning, Development and Construction Information
The following is information pertaining to development projects and construction activity in the City of Rolling Hills. Prior to commencing any work on your property, please review the examples of Construction Projects below and contact the City for information on City requirements. 

Southern California Edison Construction Projects in Rolling Hills
The following is information pertaining to the 2014 and 2015 Southern California Edison construction projects in Rolling Hills.

Overlay Zone
The following is information pertaining to a special zone placed over an existing zoning district, for areas that are unique.

Solar - Small Residential Rooftop Solar Energy Systems, AB 2188
In compliance with the requirements of California AB 2188 the City, through its contracted Building & Safety Departments is committed to provide an expedited, streamlined permitting process to encourage the use of small residential rooftop solar energy systems that involves either a photovoltaic system that is no larger than 10 kilowatts alternating current or a solar thermal system that is no larger than 30 kilowatts thermal.

Undergrounding of Utility Lines, Formation of Assessment Districts and Capital Improvement Plan
The following is information pertaining to utility undergrounding and formation of assessment districts.

address :

2 Portuguese Bend Road Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Phone number :

+ (310)-377-1521

office Hours :

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri